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OKAY.

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AND ARE WE READY TO GO RESA? OKAY.

AND ARE WE GOING TO SHOW A PRESENTATION OR JUST THE

[CALL TO ORDER - January 12, 2021 at 3:00pm]

WE'LL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER THE, THIS IS JENNIFER WALKER AND I'M CHAIRING THE MEETING TODAY.

CHARLENE IS OUT WITH CHILDCARE.

OKAY.

WE DON'T THIS IN TODAY SO WE CAN FORWARD THE MINUTES.

DO Y'ALL HEAR AN ECHO WHEN I TALK? OKAY.

WELL, IF THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF AN ECHO, LET'S JUST ALL MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NEEDED WHEN OTHER FOLKS ARE SPEAKING,

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

BUT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO APPROVAL OF THE MEETING MINUTES.

OKAY.

GREAT.

HAS EVERYONE HAD A, EVERYONE GOT THE PACKET LAST FRIDAY? I PRESUME.

AND, UH, PEOPLE, I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES.

THIS WAS HER FIRST.

I DIDN'T HEAR IT.

YES.

I'LL SECOND THAT MOTION.

OH, OKAY.

I DON'T THINK I CAN ASK THE QUESTION.

CAUSE I'M THE CHAIR.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO ACTUALLY MAKE THEM UPSET.

YOU SAID YOU MADE THE MOTION THAT I SAID THAT WAS THE MOTION FOR APPROVAL.

OKAY.

SO ANYTHING ELSE TO MAKE THE MOTION? BECAUSE AS THE CHAIR, I DON'T MAKE I, THAT IS WHAT I THINK THE RULES ARE, BUT I'M NOT AN A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE.

SO SOMEBODY CAN SECOND IT.

OKAY.

WE'RE SEEING THE SAME THING, BUT THAT'S OKAY.

OKAY.

SORRY.

YOU'RE CUTTING OUT A LITTLE BIT TOO.

SO I'LL SECOND THE MOTION.

THIS IS SARAH.

THANK YOU, SARAH.

UM, AND DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION OR CORRECTIONS TO THE MINUTES? ALL RIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR, WHICH IS KIND OF HARD TO DO ON ANYBODY OPPOSED.

OKAY.

AND IS ANYBODY NEED TO STAY IN WE'RE FOCUSED ON MEETINGS, SO THEY NEED TO ABSTAIN FROM THIS.

OKAY.

SO I'LL CALL THE MEETING TO APPROVE.

UM, I'M JUST GOING TO SAY ON MY END, EVERYTHING IS REAL JERKY AND KIND OF WEIRD.

SO IF THAT'S WHY I LOOK SUPER CONFUSED, IT'S LIKE GOING IN AND OUT AND DOING WEIRD STUFF.

YAY.

FOR ONLINE MEETINGS.

OKAY.

LET'S KEEP IT MOVING.

UM, SO

[2.a. Water Forward Implementation Progress Update: Supply Update and Water Forward FY20 Annual Report]

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO, WITH PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS THAT YOU ALL HAVE 70 PAGE PACKET WITH ALL THESE PRESENTATIONS IN IT.

UM, AT, UH, UM, THINK MERISSA, WE'RE PROBABLY SHARED THE SLIDES AND WE'LL GET GOING WITH THE FIRST ONE, WHICH IS A WATERFORD IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS UPDATE.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU TODAY, ALCHEMY PROVIDING A SUPPLY UPDATE AND PRESENTING INFORMATION FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 ANNUAL REPORT, THE SLIDES ARE IN YOUR PACKET AND THE REPORT IS ALSO IN YOUR PACKET JUST AFTER THE SLIDES.

NEXT SLIDE FOR CURRENT WATER SUPPLIES, COMBINED STORAGE AND LAKES BE CANADA.

AND THEN TRAVIS, UH, DECREASED APPROXIMATELY 32,000 ACRE FEET FROM NOVEMBER 1ST TO JANUARY 1ST AND LAKE TRAVIS AND BEGAN AND ARE CURRENTLY AT 75% FULL AT 1.5 MILLION ACRE FEET.

AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE SLIDE, NEXT SLIDE, MONTHLY INFLOWS, THE 2020 TOTAL INFLOW IS 352,267 ACRE FEET THAT RANKS AS THE SIXTH LOWEST ANNUAL INFLOW A YEAR IN OUR 79 YEARS.

UM, 2020 WAS A VERY DRY WARM YEAR ACROSS TEXAS RANGER, BOB ROSE OF THE LCRA.

IT RANKED AS THE THIRD WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD AT CAMP MAYBERRY.

WE RECEIVED SOME RAIN.

UM, SO Y'ALL PROBABLY REMEMBER IN DECEMBER, UH, AND THAT HELPED TO BRING CAMP MAYBERRY'S TOTAL RAINFALL AT ABOUT 35 INCHES JUST ABOUT NORMAL.

UM, THANKS SLIDE THAT SAID JUST TO REITERATE VERY LOW INFLOW YEAR, UM, THIS SLIDE PRESENTS

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LCRA LAKE LEVELS FORECAST.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE, UM, POSSIBLE FORECAST OUT TO THE RIGHT, UH, PART OF THE SLIDE AND, UH, THE POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF CITY OF BOSTON, UH, DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS AT THE VARIOUS LAKE LEVELS THAT ARE ONE OF THE TRIGGERS THAT WOULD TRIGGER OUR DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR WEATHER INFLOWS AND COMBINED STORAGE AS OF DECEMBER 10TH, 2020 NOAA'S CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER STATED THAT LONDON IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, UM, DO THE WINTER AND 95% CHANCE THROUGH JANUARY AND MARCH WITH A POTENTIAL TRANSITION TO, UM, WEAKEN THAT, UH, PATTERN DURING THE SPRING OF 2021.

SO ABOUT A 50% CHANCE OF NEUTRAL DURING APRIL THROUGH JUNE, UH, LOOKING AT L SERIES FORECAST TO YOUR MEDIAN CONDITIONS COULD SEE US ENTERING THE CITY OF AUSTIN STAGE ONE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS BY LATE SPRING OR SUMMER, WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT CONDITIONS OUTSIDE OR WATERFORD FY 2020 ANNUAL REPORT DOCUMENTS.

AUSTIN WATER'S PROGRESS MADE DURING FISCAL YEAR 2019 THROUGH 2020, UH, THAT'S UH, OCTOBER 1ST OF 2019 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, FIRST OF 2020, UH, DOCUMENTS ARE PROGRESS TO IMPLEMENT THE WATERFORD PLANT.

AND WE EXPERIENCED CHALLENGES OF COURSE, AS DID EVERYONE POSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC LITTLE TYPO THERE, BUT STEPH STILL MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS ON YOUR TERM WATERBOARD STRATEGIES.

UM, JUST AS A NOTE, MANY OF THE, UM, MUCH OF THE DATA IN THE DOCUMENT WAS ABLE TO BE REPORTED ON A FISCAL YEAR BASIS.

HOWEVER, SOMETIMES, UH, SOME ITEMS ARE ONLY TRACKED BY THE UTILITY IN CALENDAR YEAR.

SO, UH, WE MADE A NOTE WHERE WE WERE REPORTING CALENDAR YEAR DATA WALK SIDE THIS YEAR, AUSTIN WATER RECEIVED RECOGNITION AS A 2020 UTILITY OF THE FUTURE TODAY, UH, FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO EFFECTIVE UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES, AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS DURING DEVELOPMENT AND ADOPTION OF THE WATERFORD INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES PLAN.

WE WERE REALLY PROUD OF, UM, THAT RECOGNITION.

UM, AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE ALL OF THE GREAT EFFORTS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO US RECEIVING THAT RECORD.

OKAY.

SOME OF OUR KEY ACTIVITIES INCLUDED PROTECTING OUR CORE COLORADO RIVER SUPPLIES.

AND DURING THIS PAST YEAR, AUSTIN WATER STAFF CONTINUED TO WORK WITH OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS TO PROTECT THOSE SUPPLIES.

OF COURSE, WE'RE CONTINUING TO TRACK CONDITIONS WITHIN THE BASIN, UM, PREPARING, UH, FOR POSSIBLE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS IN THE FUTURE.

UM, BUT IN ADDITION, CONSIDERABLE EFFORT DURING THIS YEAR WENT INTO PARTICIPATING IN THE LOWER COLORADO REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUPS PROCESS TO DEVELOP THE REGION K WATER, UM, LAND.

YOU CAN SEE THERESA ON THE SCREEN RIGHT THERE CONTRIBUTING, UM, HER SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THAT EFFORT, AS WELL AS OTHERS WHO ARE, UM, PARTICIPATING IN THIS MEETING TODAY, JENNIFER AND OTHERS.

UM, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE PLAN WAS SUBMITTED TO THE TEXT FLUTTER DEVELOPMENT BOARD IN OCTOBER OF 2020, UM, AND, UH, FOR APPROVAL, WE ALSO CONSIDER AUSTIN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN LCRA WATER PARTNERSHIP AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO CONTINUE PROTECTING OUR SUPPLIES.

UM, AND, UH, AS WELL AS OUR EFFORTS IN THE IMAGINE AUSTIN SUSTAINABLY MANAGE OUR WATER RESOURCES OR, UH, ACRONYMS MORE PRIORITY PROGRAM WHERE AUSTIN WATER, UM, MEETS REGULARLY WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION AND OTHER, UM, CITY STAFF, UH, TO DISCUSS AND COORDINATE, UM, AND VARIOUS, UH, WATER RELATED ISSUES.

NEXT SLIDE, THEY, UM, CITY COUNCIL ACTUALLY APPROVED CONTRACTS IN, UM, SPRING OF 2020 FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT, WHICH OUR STAFF, UH, HAS NAMED MY ATX WATER OVER THE FIVE YEARS.

THAT PROJECT WILL REPLACE MORE THAN 230,000 ANALOG WATER METERS WITH ELECTRONICALLY RED WATER METERS CONNECTED TO ANY WIRELESS NETWORK.

UM, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEMS TESTING PILOT THAT INCLUDES NEARLY 5,000 WATER METERS, UM, CHOSEN TO TEST SYSTEM CAPABILITIES AND TACKLE CHALLENGES ACROSS VARIOUS TERRAIN AND AGING INFRASTRUCTURE.

I'M LOOKING AT VARIOUS NUMBERS OF, UH, VARIOUS TYPES OF DWELLINGS AND METER SIZES.

AND THIS PILOT WILL HELP US TO ENSURE THAT THE ULTIMATE ROLLOUT OF THAT PROJECT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, UM, IS DONE SUCCESSFULLY.

AND WE'VE ALSO, UM, BEING, UH, INVITING CUSTOMERS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY USING DROP COUNTER TO JOIN, UH, THE TESTING OF THE, MY HEX WATER CUSTOMER PORTAL TO GIVE FEEDBACK DURING THE PILOT PHASE.

AND AS Y'ALL REMEMBER, THE, UM, UH, CUSTOMER PORTAL AND IDENTIFICATION OF CUSTOMER LEAKS WAS A MAJOR PART OF THE WATERFALL IN, UH, IN OUR IDENTIFICATION OF SAVINGS FROM, UM, UH, AMI MERISSA.

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YES, LET'S STOP YOU THERE FOR A SECOND.

UM, YOU SAID THAT THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS PAST SPRING IN 2020.

I THINK IT WAS MARCH OF 2020.

OKAY.

AND THE 5,000 METERS FOR THE PILOT WILL THAT, WHAT'S THE TIMEFRAME FOR THAT? THAT'S A PILOT THAT'S CURRENTLY HAPPENING.

SO IN THE MAP, ON THE SLIDE THERE, THOSE ARE THE LEADERS IN LONG CANYON, AS WELL AS IN, WE WERE THERE IN THE GREEN AREAS AND IT'LL TAKE FIVE YEARS FOR THE WHOLE PROJECT ROLL OUT ACROSS THE CITY.

OKAY.

AND THEN THE METERS ARE NOT THE THING THAT'S GOING TO SAVE WATER OR PROLONG OUR WATER SUPPLY.

IT'S HOW WE USE THEM.

AND THE TECHNOLOGY THAT GOES WITH THEM, LIKE THE MAYA TAKES WATER.

AND THE OTHER WAYS THAT WE USE THIS TOOL IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY THE LEAKS INCREASE PEOPLE'S WATER LITERACY, HAVE THEM USE LESS THINGS LIKE THAT, JUST TO BE CLEAR.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS FUNDED, UM, THROUGH A SWIFT LOAN, WHICH IS FORESHADOWING TO LATER, JUST TO SET BILL UP FOR ONE OF HIS FAVORITE FUNDING PROGRAMS THAT SAVES THE CITY MONEY.

IF, IF I'M CORRECT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

UNLESS ANYBODY ELSE HAS ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? UM, WE WERE, WE JUST WENT THROUGH A BUNCH OF STUFF, PRETTY SWIFTLY, BUT I'M JUST TAKING A PAUSE HERE.

HAS IT.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S CARRY ON JENNIFER.

GO AHEAD.

ONE OFFER JUST ONE QUICK CLARIFICATION ON INSTALLING THE NEW METERS IS GOING TO IMPROVE OUR METER ACCURACY ACROSS THE SYSTEM.

ABSOLUTELY IMPROVEMENT OF METER ACCURACY.

WE EXPECT, SEE, UH, A RESPONSE, UH, A CORRESPONDING RESPONSE TO THAT SAYING, OH, WAIT, I'M NO LONGER GETTING X AMOUNT OF MY WATER FOR FREE.

MAYBE I WILL START USING IT A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, WISELY AND TO EXPECT TO SEE, UH, A SLIGHT REDUCTION IN OVERALL DEMAND DUE TO INCREASED ACCURACY.

GREAT.

THAT'S FAIR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THAT UP BECAUSE THAT IS ANOTHER BENEFIT AND PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL WILL BE RECEIVING.

A LOT OF PHONE CALLS ABOUT AN AUSTIN WATER.

KEVIN, I DIDN'T ACTUALLY FOLLOW THAT.

YOU EXPLAIN IT A LITTLE BIT MORE, CERTAINLY BY THE WAY, INTRODUCE MYSELF.

I'M DAN STRU.

I'M ON OUR AMI OPERATIONS TEAM.

I'M ALSO THE WATERLOO PROGRAM MANAGER, UH, WITH WATER.

UH, WE ARE INSTALLING WHAT ARE METERS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE GROUND FOR A RANGE OF PERIODS.

SOME ARE MORE ACCURATE THAN OTHERS STAY IN THE GROUND.

AS THEY GET MORE WATER THROUGH THEM.

METERS TEND TO COME A LITTLE LESS ACCURATE.

UH, WHEN THESE METERS GET REPLACED, THEY, UH, THEY GO FROM SOME PERCENT ACCURATE TO ALMOST A HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE.

THAT DIFFERENCE WILL LOOK LIKE, OH, WOW, I'M SUDDENLY USING MORE WATER.

UH, UM, SOME PEOPLE WILL SEE THEIR BILLS INCREASE A LITTLE BIT WITH THAT SMALL AMOUNT.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE RESPOND TO THAT SLIGHT INCREASED BY REDUCING THEIR WATER USAGE A LITTLE BIT.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S KEEP GOING.

PAUSE FOR JUST A SECOND TO MOVE A COUPLE OF, UM, FOLKS OVER TO THE PANEL.

OH, GREAT.

AND I ALSO JUST WANTED TO, UM, I KNOW WE KIND OF, I HAD TROUBLE GETTING IN, BUT, UM, HELLO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE AND THANKS TO ALL OF THE, UH, CITY OF AUSTIN FOLKS FROM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT MAKE TIME TO JOIN US AS WELL AS THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

UM, WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU ALL BEING HERE AND PARTICIPATING ON THIS EACH TIME WITH US.

UM, JUST AS AN ADDITIONAL UPDATE, WE HAVE, UM, UH, TEMPER PROGRAMS THAT WERE, UM, EXISTING CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT WERE UPDATED DURING THIS PAST YEAR.

UM, MARK JORDAN PROVIDED THIS GREAT, UM, INFORMATION, UH, TO SAY THAT THERE WERE ADDITIONAL, UM, UH, WATER EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR DRIFT ELIMINATORS AND COOLING TOWERS, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES RELATED TO COOLING TOWER REGISTRATION.

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UM, AS PART OF OUR EFFORT TO IMPLEMENT NEW CII ORDINANCES.

AND WE ALSO, UM, MADE SOME UPDATES TO OUR WATER CONSERVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAMS, ADDING NEW MEASURES TO RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL IRRIGATION SYSTEM EFFICIENCY AND THE LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION REBATES, UM, STREAMLINING THE REBATE APPLICATION REVIEW AND APPROVAL PRACTICES, AND SEVERAL OTHER ITEMS THAT YOU CAN SEE HERE ON THE SCREEN.

NEXT SLIDE, SORRY TO ROLL THROUGH FAIRLY EXPEDITIOUSLY.

OUR AGENDA IS A DECEPTIVELY COMPLEX, AN ALTERNATIVE WATER AND CONSERVATION ORDINANCES.

UM, ON DECEMBER 10TH, 2020, THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CITY CODE CHAPTER 15 DASH 13, OR RELATED TO THE TREATMENT MONITORING AND REPORTING REGULATIONS FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS. UM, AS YOU ALL ARE WELL AWARE, THIS TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED THOSE, UM, CODE CHANGES FOR APPROVAL.

THESE REGULATIONS PROVIDE CLEAR AND CONSISTENT DESIGN AND PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS, WHICH SHOULD RESULT IN A STREAMLINED, PERMITTING AND APPROVAL OF THESE PROJECTS.

UM, THE REGULATIONS WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY A NEWLY FORMED WORK GROUP WITHIN AUSTIN WATERS, UTILITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DIVISION, WHICH HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE CITY'S NEW PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BUILDING.

THE NEW SUPERVISOR FOR THAT WORK GROUP WILL BE CATHERINE .

UM, ROBERT'S DEFINING AND PRACHI PATELLAR.

ALSO WITHIN THAT GROUP, YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE AND SHE, UM, WE, YES MA'AM.

CAN YOU GO BACK TO THAT SLIDE PLEASE? PHASE TWO, WHICH IS TARGETED TO TICK EFFECT 2023 TO 2024.

THIS IS THE ITEMS THAT WE KIND OF, WE REFERRED TO AS THE, THE FEW ITEMS THAT ARE IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE THAT WE ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO BE ADOPTED ALMOST A YEAR AGO.

UM, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE ACTION FOR THIS TO ACTUALLY TAKE EFFECT AT 2023 TO 2024.

AND THERE WILL BE A, UM, PILOT OR VOLUNTARY PHASE BEFORE THAT STARTS.

I JUST, I WANTED TO GO AHEAD AND JUST SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED THIS, THAT PHASE TWO GOES WITH PHASE ONE.

IT, WE NEED PHASE TWO FOR WATER, FOR PLAN, AND IT HAS NOT BEEN ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL YET, BUT HOPEFULLY WILL BE SOON.

AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THERE'S NOT SUPPORT FOR IT.

JUST IT'S THOSE OTHER THINGS HAPPENING, CORRECT.

AUSTIN WATER.

UM, JUST TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, IT SAID TO US, WE CURRENTLY HAVE A REBATE FOR ALTERNATIVE WATER USING COMMERCIAL FACILITIES, WHICH PAYS UP TO A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

AND WE HAVE ALSO DEVELOPED A PILOT GRANT PROGRAM, UM, THAT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY FOR PROJECTS WE'RE USING, UM, GREATER THAN A $1 MILLION 1 MILLION GALLONS PER YEAR OF WATER.

THOSE PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR $250,000 PROJECTS WE'RE USING GREATER THAN 3 MILLION GALLONS PER YEAR OF WATER ARE ELIGIBLE FOR $500,000.

ONE OF OUR GOALS WITH THIS IS TO COLLECT COST DATA FROM THESE PROJECTS TO HELP INFORM THE FUTURE ONSITE WATER REUSE MANDATE, UM, THAT WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REVISION REQUIREMENTS FOR TARGETED FOR 2023, 2024.

THIS, UH, THESE PICTURES SHOW OUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OR THE NEW PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

THAT INCLUDES A FIT FOR PURPOSE RAINWATER AND AIR CONDITIONING, CONDENSATE REUSE SYSTEM THAT SUPPLEMENTS THE BUILDINGS CLOSED WITH BLACKWATER RECYCLING SYSTEM.

THEY ARE VERY APTLY NAMED OSCAR AND CLARA OSCAR, MEANING THE ONSITE COLLECTION AND REUSE AND CLARA MEANING CLOSED LOOP, ADVANCED RECLAIMED ASSEMBLY.

IT'S LIKE ALL KATHERINE RIGHT THERE IS VERY CLEVER.

UM, BUT WE'VE GOT, UM, ESTIMATES THAT, UH, THIS PROJECT WILL SAVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, ALMOST ONE AND A HALF MILLION GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER ANNUALLY, REDUCING THE SITE'S POTABLE WATER USE BY 75%, UH, CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING.

AND THE PILOT PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SUMMER OF 2020.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE REUSE SYSTEMS HAVE NOT BEEN PUT INTO SERVICE, MEANING THAT FOLKS ARE NOT REALLY IN THE BUILDING TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW THESE SYSTEMS TO DO ALL THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO BE PUT INTO SERVICE.

UM, ONE OF THE, UH, THIS PROJECT IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AND TEXAS IT'LL PROVIDE US ADDITIONAL AND PERFORMANCE DATA TO AGAIN, INFORM FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, AS WELL AS, UM, I HAVE SERVED AS AN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE EFFORTS TO CAPTURE AND REUSE ONSITE WATER SOURCES.

SO THIS IS A

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPERS WHO WILL BE ENGAGING WITH THE CITY IN THE FUTURE TO GO TO OUR PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND ACTUALLY SEE ONE OF THESE SYSTEMS IN ACTION.

UM, DURING THE LAST YEAR AUSTIN WATER OSCAR WAS ALL THERESA.

OKAY, I'M SORRY.

LET ME, LET ME GO BACK AND ATTRIBUTE THAT CORRECTLY.

THERESA CAME UP WITH THE NAME OSCAR, SO WE'LL JUST MAKE SURE THAT TERESA GETS THAT CREDIT.

UM, DURING THE LAST YEAR, AUSTIN WATER STAFF UNDERTAKE A SIGNIFICANT EFFORT TO DEVELOP A PRE-DEVELOPMENT WATER BENCHMARKING CALCULATOR THAT COULD BE USED TO ESTIMATE A NEW DEVELOPMENTS WATER USE, AND THE CALCULATOR USES SITE PLAN INFORMATION TO POTENTIAL INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WATER USE AND OUTLINES POTABLE, AND NON-POTABLE WATER NEEDS FOR A PROJECT.

THE CALCULATOR ALSO ESTIMATES POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF WATER THAT COULD BE CAPTURED BY THE WATER STORM, WATER, RED WATER BLACKWATER, AND AC CONDENSATE.

AND I BELIEVE THAT PROJECT IS WORKING ON OR HAS COMPLETED, UH, THAT, UH, INTEGRATING THAT, UM, CALCULATOR INTO A WEB APPLICATION WITH RJS ONLINE IN ORDER TO STREAMLINE THE FUTURE COLLECTION REVIEW AND USE OF THE PRE-DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKING DATA.

AND, UM, ALONG WITH THE OTHER LYME DEVELOPMENT CODE OR BISHAN PROVISIONS, UM, THAT ARE RELATED TO WATERFORD, WE'RE HOPING THAT THOSE CODE CHANGES, UM, IT WILL BE ABLE TO BE ADOPTED IN THE NEXT YEAR THAT WOULD, UM, CREATE A REQUIREMENT THAT A NEW DEVELOPMENT, UM, COMMERCIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENTS SUBMIT A PRE-DEVELOPMENT WATER BENCHMARKING APPLICATION.

ALONG WITH THEIR SITE PLAN, THERE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT THAT DEVELOPMENT'S GREATER THAN 250,000 SQUARE FEET.

WHERE DO I NEED TO MEET WITH AUSTIN WATER STAFF TO DISCUSS WHAT ARE BENCHMARKING RESULTS? WHAT ARE PATIENCY MEASURES AND ALTERNATIVE WATER INCENTIVES TO HELP IDENTIFY, UM, DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WATER COULD BE USED MORE EFFICIENTLY ON THEIR SITE? UH, THIS PICTURE IS FROM AGES AND AGES IN YOUR LIFETIME AGO, BUT ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019, AUSTIN WATER STAFF AND CITY OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO CUT THE RIBBON ON THE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED MONTOPOLIS TANK AND PUMP STATION.

UM, THESE FACILITIES ARE IMPORTANT IN PROVIDING RELIABILITY AND THE CENTRAL LOW PRESSURE ZONE AND, AND PUSHING WATER WESTWARD TO CONNECT NEW CUSTOMERS IN SOUTH AUSTIN.

UM, THE, UH, MONTOPOLIS RECLAIM WATER RESERVOIR CAN STORE UP TO 4 MILLION GALLONS OF RECLAIM WATER.

AND ALONG WITH THE PUMP STATION WILL HELP TO IMPROVE, IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY OF THE RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY AS WE'RE TRYING TO PUSH FOR THIS WATER TO BE USED INSIDE OF BUILDINGS FOR PURPOSES LIKE TOILET.

THIS SIDE IS CHINA A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DE-CENTRALIZED RECLAIMED IS KIND OF THE, THE SIBLING TO CENTRALIZE RECLAIMED, UM, DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED AS, UM, RELATED TO WHAT WE TYPICALLY CALL PACKAGE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS.

THEY'RE SMALLER IN SCALE THAN CENTRALIZED WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS.

AND THEY SERVE COMMUNITIES ADJACENT TO THEIR SITES WITH AUSTIN WATER CURRENTLY HAS THREE PACKAGE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS THAT ARE, UM, UH, PRODUCING TYPE ONE RECLAIMED WATER AND PROVIDING THOSE TWO GOLF COURSES AND JASON TO THEIR SITES.

UM, AND WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO REEVALUATE OUR LONG RANGE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING PROCESSES TO BETTER IDENTIFY AND INTEGRATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED IN FUTURE GROWTH AREAS.

YES, AQUIFER STORAGE AND RECOVERY IS LESS A STRATEGY THAT WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ON AUGUST 27TH, 2020, THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL APPROVED NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A CONTRACT WITH HDR FOR PHASE ONE SERVICES FOR AN ASR PILOT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PROJECT.

UM, AND THAT PROJECT WILL INCLUDE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PHASES.

THE VERY FIRST PHASE THAT WE'LL BE WORKING ON HERE SOON, UM, WILL BE TO DEVELOP AN ASR PROGRAM AND PERFORM DESKTOP MODELING AND FIELD TESTING TO EVALUATE POTENTIAL SITES FOR PILOTING.

YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE FIRST SEVERAL YEARS ON THIS TIMELINE IS THAT WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THAT PROCESS TO IDENTIFY WHERE TO PILOT.

AND THEN, UM, IN FY 24, WE'D BE WORKING ON THE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION AND TESTING OF THAT ASR PILOT.

UM, YES, UH, I THINK YOU KNOW THIS, BUT, UH, AND I I'VE FORGOTTEN IF THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD RECENTLY PUBLISHED A STUDY ON THE BEST PLACES TO LOCATE ASR FACILITIES IN THE STATE.

YOU PROBABLY, BUT I JUST MENTIONED THAT YOU WERE MENTIONING, YES, WE WERE AWARE OF THAT THAT REPORT HAD BEEN PUBLISHED.

UM, WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT WITHIN THIS YEAR, UM, UH, AUSTIN WATER FORMED AN ASR TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP THAT MET IN

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JUNE OF 2020.

THEY WERE AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR THE ASR WERE COMPLETED IN FYI 20 SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THIS TASK FORCE WERE ALSO, UH, PARTICIPATING IN THAT ASR WORK GROUP, BILL MORIARTY AND ROBERT MASON VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION THERE.

UM, THAT TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUPS MADE UP OF WATER RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS WITH ASR EXPERIENCE, AS WELL AS, UM, FOLKS IN ACADEMIA INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM STATE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS OTHER WATER UTILITIES.

WE'RE PLANNING TO, UM, RECONVENE, UM, THAT ASR TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP.

AND YOU'RE PROBABLY WITHIN THE SPRING OF 2020.

AND THIS SLIDE PRESENTS A PICTURE OF THE, UM, METRICS THAT WE ARE TRACKING IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE WATER FOR 2018 PLAN, THE TARGETS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE LAST TWO COLUMNS OF EACH OF THESE TABLES.

WELL, THE LAST TWO COLUMNS OF THE FIRST TABLE AND THE LAST THREE COLUMNS OF THE SECOND TABLE ARE FUTURE TARGETS AS REPORTED IN THE ADOPTED 2018 WATER POURED PLAN, THE SAVINGS AND YIELD, UM, TARGETS THAT WE HAVE, UH, THERE WILL BE UPDATED STARTING WITH THE 2023 WATERFORD PLAN UPDATE TO REFLECT OUR IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT PROGRESS AND AS WELL AS IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR STRATEGY SAVINGS AND YIELD ESTIMATES, YOU CAN SEE HERE, I'VE INCLUDED BOTH THE FYI 19, AS WELL AS THE FY 20 ESTIMATES OF SAVINGS AND YIELD AND THE SECOND TABLE.

AND THE FIRST TABLE INCLUDES OUR ESTIMATES FOR SURVEY POPULATION PORTABLE PUMPING POTABLE GPCD, WHICH IS WHAT WOULD TYPICALLY BE REPORTED TO SOMETHING LIKE, UM, IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE REPORTING, UH, THE, UH, TEXAS DEVELOPMENT BOARD DOES, UM, THE POTABLE AND NON-POTABLE WATER PROVIDED IS A COMBINATION OF BOTH OUR POTABLE PUMPING, AS WELL AS THE RECLAIM WATER THAT WE USED OR THAT OUR CUSTOMERS USED FROM AUSTIN WATER AND THE POTABLE AND NON-POTABLE GPCD IS THAT POTABLE AND NON-POTABLE WATER PROVIDED, UM, DIVIDED BY OUR, UM, UH, ESTIMATED SIR POPULATION, UH, UH, DIVIDED BY THE 365 DAYS IN A YEAR, JUST TO PROVIDE SOME CONTEXT THERE AND LOOKING FORWARD, UM, STAFF WE'LL CONTINUE OUR COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS RELATED TO WATER PORT IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, WE'LL ALSO TALK TODAY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT UPDATING OUR COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY IN ADVANCE OF THE WATER FOR 2023 UPDATE DURING THIS YEAR.

UH, WE'LL ALSO BE PERFORMING FURTHER STUDY TO INFORM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FUTURE INDIRECT, POTABLE REUSE PROJECT.

WE ANTICIPATE THAT WE'LL ALSO BE COMPLETING OR CENTRALIZED RECLAIM WATER MASTER PLAN THIS YEAR, AND WE'LL BE PERFORMING.

AND WE ACTUALLY ARE PERFORMING PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS TO SUPPORT UPDATES TO THE WATER PORT PLAN, UM, FOR 2023.

NOW THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

AND WE ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL STAFF HERE, UM, AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AS WELL.

YES, HE SAYS THIS, DOES ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THAT? THE METRICS ARE THE RECLAIMED EITHER CENTRALIZED OR DECENTRALIZED, ET CETERA.

SO, UM, IS THAT PERRY PERRY? UM, THIS IS NOT REAL IMPORTANT, BUT I'M CURIOUS, WE TALKED ABOUT, UH, GRANT 4 MILLION GALLON USERS, 3 MILLION GALLON USERS.

WHO'S, UH, WHO'S A MILLION GALLER USER GALLON USER.

WHO'S A 3 MILLION GALLON USER.

ARE THOSE OUTLIERS AND SAMSUNGS, OR DOES ANYBODY HAVE AN IDEA OR MAGNITUDE OF THESE DIFFERENT USERS AND WHAT THOSE NUMBERS MEAN? OKAY.

NOT EVERYBODY WANTS.

I WOULD SAY THAT THESE ARE NOT YOUR AVERAGE, UH, CUSTOMERS.

UM, I'D SAY THEY WERE LARGER WATER USERS, UM, IN COMPARISON TO OTHER, UH, COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS.

HOWEVER, THERE'S, UM, PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO, UM, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE, UH, OF THOSE, UH, DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE USING THAT AMOUNT OF WATER, NEW DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE ESTIMATED TO USE THAT AMOUNT OF WATER.

AND WE DO KNOW THAT AUSTIN CONTINUES TO GROW, CONTINUES TO BE, UM, A PLACE WHERE BUSINESSES AND, UH, COMPANIES WANT TO COME TO AN ESTABLISHED CAMPUSES.

AND SO WE, UM, IDENTIFY THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AS, UH, AREAS WHERE WE CAN UTILIZE THESE TYPES OF OPTIONS, THESE OF INCENTIVES AND GRANTS, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE CAMPUSES AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.

I DON'T KNOW IF OTHER FOLKS ARE TRYING TO SAY YOU WENT AWAY AND THEN TOO, I CAN GIVE YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT OF PLACE.

I DON'T KNOW THE NUMBER OF GALLONS, BUT, UM, I'VE BEEN TALKING TO AS WELL AS MARK JORDAN

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AND SOME OTHER FOLKS HAVE BEEN TALKING TO, UM, AISD ABOUT A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS AT MUELLER.

AND THEY ARE LOOKING AT A GRANT THROUGH THE BUCKS FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM, I BELIEVE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED, BUT UP TO A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A BIG NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, UM, IN ORDER TO DO A PLUM, TO BE ABLE TO BRING, RAISE WATER INTO THE BUILDING.

SO AT THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, BUT IT DOES MAYBE PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT.

UM, THANK YOU, MADDIE.

UH, MARISA WAS ALSO JUST, UM, TRACY SALUTES HERE, UH, AUSTIN WATER IN A MENTION, I THINK YOU MENTIONED IT MARRISA THE, UH, TYPICALLY FAIRLY LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL TYPE BUILDINGS, UH, CAMPUSES, UM, AND LIKE GROUPING OF, OF OFFICE BUILDINGS.

A LOT OF THE KEY DRIVERS ARE COURSE, UM, SOME OF THE IRRIGATION, UH, COOLING, UH, FOR IN, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER AC, UM, COOLING PROCESSES.

AND IN SOMETIMES YOU GET INTO MANUFACTURING AS WELL.

UH, BUT A LOT OF THE DRY KEY DRIVERS ARE FOR, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, IRRIGATION AND COOLING REALLY, UH, CAN DRIVE IT UP IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF SPACE THAT'S BEING COOLED AND WAREHOUSES AND, UM, AND THOSE KINDS OF FACILITIES.

SO I THINK THAT THIS, THIS INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS A REALLY KEY COMPONENT OF GETTING PROOFS OF CONCEPT.

NOW, WHILE WE'RE IN A PILOT PHASE, ONCE THE STUFF GETS THE OTHER ELEMENTS GET APPROVED AT CITY COUNCIL, BUT WE'RE IN A PILOT PHASE BEFORE THE ONSITE REES REQUIREMENT BECOMES MANDATORY.

SO IT IS A REALLY, I THINK, ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF MOVING FORWARD AND GETTING SOME COMMUNITY BUY-IN AND, AND SOME PRACTICE DOING THIS.

SO I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO EITHER AT A FUTURE FULL BUTTER TASKFORCE MEETING, OR MORE, MAYBE MORE APPROPRIATELY AT AN ORDINANCE SUB COMMITTEE MEETING TO GET SOME MORE SPECIFICITY ABOUT HOW THIS INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS GOING TO WORK.

UM, I THINK PERRY'S ON THAT COMMITTEE AS WELL.

UM, JUST SO WE CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND, WE HAVEN'T, WE'VE HEARD ABOUT IT KIND OF APPEAR, BUT IT JUST MAYBE TO HEAR A LITTLE BIT, SOME OF MORE SPECIFICS NOW THAT IT'S BEEN ADOPTED, I'LL MAKE A NOTE, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

WELL, YOU STILL THINK WE CAN KEEP GOING THEN.

GREAT.

IF YOU JUST GOING TO HAVE A TRANSITION HERE BETWEEN SLIDE DECKS,

[2.b. Update on Volumetric Surveys of Lakes Travis & Buchanan]

I BELIEVE THAT TERESA'S GOING TO GO AHEAD AND PROVIDE US, UM, A LITTLE UPDATE HERE.

UM, THIS IS IN RELATION TO A QUESTION THAT A TASK FORCE MEMBER MORIARITY ASKED AT THE LAST TASK FORCE MEETING, SO HAND IT OVER TO THERESA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MARISA AGAIN, THERESA LUTES, AUSTIN WATER, UH, WANTED TO PROVIDE A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT SOME OF THE RECENT VOLUMETRIC SURVEYS OF LAKES, UH, TRAVIS AND THE CANON.

UM, AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, AS YOU PROBABLY ARE AWARE, UH, THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, UH, OWNS AND OPERATES, UH, LAKE TRAVIS AND THE CANNON, WHICH ARE UPSTREAM OF AUSTIN AND PROVIDE REGION'S WATER SUPPLY, UH, AND FLOOD CONTROL, UH, CAPABILITIES, THE COMBINED STORAGE OF BOTH OF THOSE LAKES, AS YOU SAW IN THE, UM, MATERIAL THAT, UM, MARRISA WENT OVER AT THE BEGINNING, WHEN WE'RE TRACKING, LOOKING AT OUR TRACKING OUR WATER SUPPLY, THE KEY NUMBER THERE IS, UH, APPROXIMATELY 2 MILLION ACRE FEET OF COMBINED STORAGE CAPACITY FOR BOTH OF THOSE WATER SUPPLY LAKES, UH, TRAVIS AND MCCANNON LCRA, THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, UH, MANAGES AND OWNS AND OPERATES THOSE LAKES.

AND THEY CONTRACT OCCASIONALLY WITH, UH, THE, UH, UH, TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD TO HAVE SURVEYS DONE VOLUMETRIC SURVEYS OF THOSE LAKES, UH, TO DETERMINE THE, UM, THE CAPACITY OF THOSE LAKES, UH, THE MOST RECENT, UH, OR THE APP WITH LAKE TRAVIS, THEY'RE PLANNING TO DO ONE OF THOSE SURVEYS IN 2021.

SO IN THE EARLY PART OF THIS YEAR, UH, THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD WILL BE CONDUCTING A VOLUMETRIC SURVEY OF LAKE TRAVIS, AND WE CAN CIRCLE BACK AROUND AFTER THAT'S COMPLETED.

AND WHEN, WHEN WE LEARNED THE RESULTS OF THAT, WE CAN PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION.

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UH, SO THESE ARE DONE FAIRLY ROUTINELY.

UM, ELSE, UH, THAT THE BOARD OF THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD COMPLETED ONE OF LIKE, UM, A CANON THE MORE, UH, UPSTREAM LAKE IN, UH, 2019.

AND, UH, WHEN THEY DID THAT, UM, THEY FOUND THE CAPACITY TO BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEY, WHICH WAS DONE IN 2006.

UH, BUT THAT, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED FOR WHERE WITH, UH, IMPROVED METHODOLOGIES AND IMPROVED EQUIPMENT.

SOMETIMES THE RESULTS COME OUT A LITTLE HIGHER.

IT WAS JUST A SLIGHT CHANGE IN THE CAPACITY THERE.

UH, BUT IT WAS, IT WAS VERY CLOSE TO WHAT THEY HAD HAD, UM, GOTTEN IN 2006.

NORMALLY YOU WOULD EXPECT OVER THAT PERIOD OF TIME FROM 2006 TO 2019 FOR THERE TO BE SOME SEDIMENTATION.

SO YOU'D EXPECT THE, THE NUMBER TO BE GOING DOWN SOME, BUT WITHIN THE, UH, ERROR AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE METHODOLOGY, IT ACTUALLY SHOWED US A SLIGHT INCREASE IN CAPACITY.

UH, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, SO AS I MENTIONED, UM, LCRA, UH, RESURVEY THOSE LAKES, UM, ON A REGULAR BASIS, APPROXIMATELY EVERY 10 YEARS, BUT THAT, THAT VARIES DEPENDING ON VARIOUS FACTORS, UH, THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD HAS A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY PROGRAM.

AND SINCE 1992, THEY HAVE COMPLETED 174 SURVEYS ON 110 UNIQUE RESERVOIRS.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD DOES AND TAKE SERIOUSLY AND WORKS TO, UM, CONDUCT AND IMPROVE OVER TIME TO HELP THE STATE AND ENTITIES LIKE THE BOARD AND, AND ALL THE PROCESSES THAT USE THAT INFORMATION FOR, UM, WATER SUPPLY AND WATER SUPPLY PLANNING TO HAVE GOOD INFORMATION ON WHAT THOSE ARE, THAT INFORMATION HELPS FEED INTO REGIONAL WATER PLANNING AND THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS OF WHAT THE, THE REGION K, UH, PROCESS AND ALL THE OTHER REGIONS ACROSS THE STATE IS THAT INFORMATION TO PROJECT SEDIMENTATION, UH, TO COUNT FOR THAT EXPECTED OCCURRENCE OVER THE LONGTERM IN DETERMINING FOR MEALS AND WATER AVAILABILITY THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

BUT WE ALSO INCORPORATED ASSUMPTIONS, UM, THAT MIRROR THOSE, UH, THOSE ASSUMPTIONS IN THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS IN OUR, UH, WATERFORD WHAM, UH, WATER AVAILABILITY MODELING.

SO JUST WANTED TO KIND OF TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE, UH, AN UPDATE ABOUT LAKE TRAVIS AND MCCANNON, AND THAT, THAT RECENT INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN COLLECTED THERE, THEN ALSO, YOU KNOW, JUST MAKE SURE YOU AWARE THAT THAT'S, UH, THESE ARE, THESE ARE IMPORTANT, UH, BUT, UH, KINDS OF, UH, PIECES OF IT THAT FEED IN TO THE PROCESS.

AND WE'LL BE CONTINUING TO TRACK THAT.

SO WITH THAT, UH, BE HAPPY TO TRY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANKS FOR THAT, TERESA.

THANK YOU.

IT'S SURPRISING THAT THEY DO, UM, THOSE, UM, MEASUREMENTS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU WOULD THINK THAT'S KIND OF COOL.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

SHALL WE KEEP MOVING? CAN I ASK A QUICK QUESTION ABOUT THAT? ABSOLUTELY.

WITH LAKE BUCHANAN, WITH THE MOST RECENT SURVEY SHOWING LIKE MORE FOR A MEAL THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED, IS THERE ANY, DO THEY ATTRIBUTE THE DIFFERENCE TO LIKE A PHYSICAL CHANGE OR JUST MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES? NO, I THINK, YEAH, JUST THE METHODOLOGY USED, UH, IS, IS MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE METHODOLOGY USED, AND I THINK THEY RECOMMENDED USING THE SAME METHODOLOGY FOR THE NEXT ONE.

SO THERE'S CONSISTENCY THERE, BUT I IMAGINE THERE'S ALSO SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE, IN THE EQUIPMENT.

AND ALSO A FACTOR IS ALSO HOW HELPFUL THE RESERVOIR IS AT THE TIME.

AND IT'S, IT'S REALLY A CAPACITY OR A VOLUME, UH, YOU KNOW, NUMBER THAT THEY'RE GOING FOR.

THEY, THEY USE BOATS AND THEY, UM, THEY HAVE INSTRUMENTS THAT, THAT DETERMINE THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE VOLUME AND THE SHIPPING OF THE, OF THE AWAKE AND WHAT'S, UM, YOU

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KNOW, WHAT THE SURFACE IS AND WHAT THE ELEVATIONS ARE.

AND ANOTHER FACTOR IN THAT, IN THESE TYPES OF SURVEYS AND THE RESULTS IS HOW CAREFUL THE LAKES ARE AND HOW, WHAT THE VOLUME IS AT THE TIME, IF, IF THE LEGS ARE VERY FULL VERSUS, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, AT SOME REDUCED CAPACITY, THEY'RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO SURVEY LESS, UH, LESS OF THE SURFACE, AS YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE SURFACES, YOU KNOW, UH, ABOVE THE WATER LEVEL.

BUT, UM, SOME, SOMETIMES THE, THE LAKES AREN'T COMPLETELY FULL WHEN THE SURVEYS ARE DONE.

SO THAT'S A FACTOR AS WELL.

UH, SO I THINK THEY, THEY FEEL LIKE THIS, THE, YOU KNOW, RESULTS WERE IN THE KIND OF THE NORMAL RANGE OF VARIABILITY THAT YOU CAN GET, UH, FROM TIME TO TIME.

ANYONE ELSE? ALRIGHTY, LET'S KEEP MOVING THEN.

OKAY.

WE WILL WELCOME KEVIN CREIGHTON, WHO HAS BEEN ABLE TO FEED HIMSELF AWAY FROM OTHER MEETINGS TO JOIN US

[2.c. Water Forward Community Engagement Strategy Update]

NEXT.

WE'LL BE PROVIDING AN UPDATE ON OUR PLANS TO UPDATE OUR WATERFORD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY.

UM, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

IF YOU ALL REMEMBER, WE HAD DEVELOPED A PUBLIC OUTREACH FRAMEWORK, AS WELL AS A PUBLIC OUTREACH PLAN FOR THE WATERFORD 2018 PLAN.

THIS WAS DEVELOPED NOT IN 2018, BUT ACTUALLY BACK IN, I THINK IT WAS 2016, 2015 OR 2016.

UM, SOME OF OUR ORIGINAL GOALS, IF YOU REMEMBER, WERE TO IDENTIFY COMMUNITY VALUES, THAT SHOULD BE REFLECTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE PLAN, UM, SEEKING INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS, WHICH REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF AUSTIN'S POPULATION AND CUSTOMERS, AS WELL AS INFORMING AND EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

WE HAD IDENTIFIED DIFFERENT AUDIENCES TO REACH OUT TO DIFFERENT STRATEGIES, TO USE AS WELL AS THE STEPS TO DEVELOP A PUBLIC OUTREACH CLAM.

AND FROM THIS, WE ACTUALLY WORKED WITH OUR CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP A PUBLIC OUTREACH PLAN THAT HELPED TO GUIDE OUR EFFORTS DURING THE ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLAN.

WE DELIGHT TO GO AHEAD AND USE WHAT WE LEARNED OUR BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FIRST WATER FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PROCESS, AND TAKE THAT WITH US AS WE'RE UPDATING THE PLAN.

AND WE ALSO WANT TO BUILD ON THOSE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS.

NOW GO AHEAD AND HAND IT OVER TO J NELL NICHOLSON.

SHE'S A PROGRAM MANAGER IN THE WATER RESOURCES TEAM, AND SHE'S GOING TO BE HELPING US TO UPDATE THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY, AS WELL AS DEVELOPING A PROPOSAL AND A PLAN FOR A COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP.

WE'VE MENTIONED THIS A COUPLE OF TIMES TO SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE, AND WE WANTED TO PUT THAT PROPOSAL BEFORE THE FULL TASK FORCE TODAY.

AND I'LL HAND IT OVER TO JAY.

NOW, I ALREADY DO THAT, OR WE CAN HEAR YOU.

I THINK THAT'S VERY, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MUTED, STILL PRETTY LOW.

SAY SOMETHING AGAIN, JAY.

NOW, IS THIS ANY BETTER? IT'S REAL QUIET.

DO YOU HAVE SOME HEADPHONES OR MAYBE THAT YOU CAN USE SOMETIMES THAT HELPS.

I APOLOGIZE.

OH, THAT'S BETTER.

OH, IS THAT ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS WAIT, YOU'RE WELCOME.

YOU MAY INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

I KNOW YOU'RE PRETTY NEW.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE MET THE TASKFORCE YET.

I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY MY SECOND MEETING.

JAY NICHOLSON, NEW PROGRAM MANAGER, ASSISTANCE PLANNING.

I WORK MOSTLY WITH MATISA AND TERESA ON OUR WATER RESOURCES TEAM.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT OUR KIND OF PLANS MOVING FORWARD TO UPDATE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY.

UM, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT, UM, SO WE ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN MOVING MORE TOWARDS EQUITY.

I THINK THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN RECENTLY HAS DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB, UM, WITH EQUALITY AS FAR AS GIVING US ALL THE SAME KIND OF RESOURCES, REGARDLESS OF CONTEXT.

UM, BUT ALONG WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE, UM, AND SOME OF THE CITY'S EQUITY GOALS, WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING WORK TO CREATE A JUST OUTCOME FOR EVERYONE

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AND ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO THE EQUITY OFFICE, UM, RECOGNIZES RACE AS THE MOST CONSISTENT PREDICTOR OF ALL QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES.

AND WHILE THERE'S A LOT OF INTERSECTION ALONG WITH OTHER GROUPS, SUCH AS GENDER SEXUALITY, AGE ABILITY, CLASS, ET CETERA, UM, RACE HAS MENTIONED, UM, TO BE THE MOST CONSISTENT PREDICTOR OF LIFE OUTCOMES.

SO KIND OF, UM, IN ALIGNMENT WITH THAT, UH, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, SORRY, AND ALIGNMENT WITH THAT.

UM, THE GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE ON RACE AND EQUITY, GAR IDENTIFIED SIX STEPS FOR BUILDING RACIAL EQUITY.

UM, AND THE FIRST STEP YOU ARE KIND OF DONE THIS, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE POLICY OR PROGRAM? UM, AND THEN WHAT IS THE DATA? SO AS WE'RE DOING A LOT OF THESE FORECASTS WHERE WE'RE COLLECTING DATA ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE SERVE, UM, WE NEED TO REALLY FOCUS MORE ON OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW ARE WE ADDRESSING COMMUNITY CONCERNS? WHO ARE WE ASKING, HOW ARE WE ENGAGING CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE, UM, BEFORE WE GET MORE TOWARDS THE ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION, UM, AS WELL AS ACCOUNTABILITY, UM, OUR ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMMUNICATION GOES HAND IN HAND WITH OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TRANSPARENT.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE SUPPORT FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND WE ARE ADDRESSING THEIR CONCERNS, UM, ACCURATELY.

WE CAN GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO STRENGTHENING EQUITABLE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, THIS IS REALLY THE LESSONS.

UM, THIS IS A LITTLE BIT BEFORE MY TIME, BUT TAKING A LOT OF THE CONCERNS THAT CAME OUT AS FAR AS COLLECTING DIS-AGGREGATED DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE ENGAGED IN OUR FOCUS GROUPS AND OTHER OUTREACH EFFORTS, IDENTIFYING KEY DECISION POINTS AND ENSURING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY INPUT, UM, AS WELL AS MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES AND INPUT.

SO THIS YEAR WE'VE ALL MOVED TO VIRTUAL.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHO ARE WE ENGAGING NOW WHO HAS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, WHO HAS THE TIME AVAILABLE TO REALLY GIVE THE INPUT THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR? UM, AND THEN MAINTENANCE.

YEP.

SO, YOU KNOW, ARE WE ATTENDING VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS? YOU KNOW, ARE WE INVOLVED IN, YOU KNOW, DO, DO WE COME UP IN DIFFERENT FACEBOOK GROUPS THAT COMMUNITIES HAVE? UM, AND THEN WE REALLY WANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR EQUITABLE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES.

I KNOW IN THE SHORT TIME THAT I'VE BEEN WITH AWESOME WATER, AS WE'RE GETTING INTO OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES, UM, FOR OUR WATER FORWARD STRATEGIES LIKE ASR OR, UM, EVEN AMI FOR, UM, MY ATX WATER, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ASKING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHO ARE WE MISSING? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE WE INCLUDE THESE PEOPLE? UM, HOW DO WE DO THIS KIND OF OUTREACH? DO WE DO, YOU KNOW, SIGNAGE OR PAMPHLETS OR, YOU KNOW, LINKS OR QR QRC CODES? UM, AND THESE ARE A LOT OF PODIO QUESTIONS THAT I THINK, UM, A MORE EQUITABLE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY CAN HELP US TO ANSWER BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, WE DO REPRESENT, UM, A WIDE RANGE OF DEMOGRAPHICS AND HAVE SOME WATER, BUT WE'RE NOT IN EVERY SINGLE NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE, UM, DON'T ACCOUNT FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THIS BRINGS US TO OUR PROPOSED COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP.

SO WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS IS MADE UP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS AND MEMBERS, UM, AND WE REALLY WANT THEM TO HAVE TWO FUNCTIONS.

SO THE FIRST ONE IS TO ADVISE ON, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS REALLY RELATED TO OUR WATER FORWARD IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES.

UM, AND THIS IS PRETTY DIFFERENT FROM THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE, UH, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, AND WE'RE, WE WANT TO BE REALLY EXPLICIT ABOUT EQUITY WITH THIS GROUP.

UM, AND WE ALSO WANT THEM TO HELP WITH INPUT FOR OUR WATER FORWARD AND UPDATES.

SO WE'RE HOPING TO UPDATE THE PLAN, UM, AT LEAST BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, AND AS WE'RE UPDATING THIS PLAN AND OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES, WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE INPUT AS THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS REALLY TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL OF OUR PLANS AND IDEAS SPECIFICALLY TO COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN OUR PLANNING EFFORTS AND PROCESSES.

SO IN A LOT OF OUR MEETINGS WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE, UM, WITH, UH, THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RACE AS ONE OF THE PRIMARY INDICATORS, UM, OF LIFE OUTCOMES.

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WE ARE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO DO A LOT OF THIS EQUITY GROUNDING AND UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND UNDERSTANDING HOW WE COULD NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES MOVING FORWARD AND ALL THE SIGNS KIND OF POINT TO US BEING A LOT MORE TRANSPARENT, UM, AND, AND REALLY DOING THAT OUTREACH THAT WE NEED TO DO.

SO WE WANT THEM TO MEET ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

WE'RE EXPLORING HOW WE CAN PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION.

UM, AND AS I SAID, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND WE'VE BEEN TALKING WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY ABOUT THEIR CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND THE CLIMATE AMBASSADORS THAT THEY HAD.

AND WE SEE THAT AS A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM, THEY HAD A LOT OF EXCITED, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.

UM, IT WAS REALLY INTEGRATIVE AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE CONTINUING THESE CONVERSATIONS AND WE'RE HOPING TO TAKE WHAT THEY DID AND TWEAK IT AND, YOU KNOW, MAYBE MAKE IT BETTER AND MAKE IT MORE APPLICABLE TO WATER FORWARD NIECE.

I'LL LET YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEPS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU TODAY.

UM, KNOW JNL DID A GREAT JOB OF LAYING OUT, UH, SOME OF WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON AND WHAT WE WANT TO BE WORKING ON HERE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO, UM, PRESENT THIS TO Y'ALL AND RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AND RECEIVE YOUR INPUT.

AND THEN WE'RE HOPING BY MARCH, WHICH WOULD BE OUR NEXT TASK FORCE MEETING, WE'D BE ABLE TO COME BACK AND PRESENT OUR PROGRESS ON UPDATING OUR OVERALL WATERFORD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY, AS WELL AS FURTHER DETAILS ON THIS PROPOSED COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS, HOW WE WILL BE SELECTING FOLKS TO PARTICIPATE WITHIN THIS GROUP.

SO STILL MORE LOGISTICS TO FIGURE OUT ON OUR END BY SUMMER OF 2021.

UH, WE WOULD BE HOPING TO COMPLETE, UM, OUR STRATEGY UPDATE AND BE ABLE TO KICK OFF THIS COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP TO DO LIKE JANE NELL SAID, AND PROVIDE SOME OF THE GROUNDING IN BOTH EQUITY AND WATER ISSUES SO THAT FOLKS CAN MEANINGFULLY ENGAGE IN THE WATER FOR 2023 UPDATE.

AND THEN IN THE FALL OF 2021, OUR ORIGINAL PLAN, UH, UPDATE PROCESS.

AND WE WOULD HOPE TO BE ABLE TO BEGIN THAT IN THE FALL SO THAT WE CAN COMPLETE THAT BY THE END OF CALENDAR YEAR 2023, THIS YEAR HAS OF COURSE BEEN FULL OF LOTS OF UNFORESEEN CHALLENGES.

AND SO WE'LL JUST, UM, BE KIND OF MOVING FORWARD ON OUR ORIGINAL PLAN WITH THE NOTE THAT THINGS MAY REQUIRE, UH, BE REQUIRED TO CHANGE AS WE MOVE FORWARD NEXT MONTH.

AND WITH THAT, WE'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT FOLKS MAY HAVE DO THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS HAVE QUESTIONS.

I SEE SARAH, BUT I DON'T SEE ANYONE ELSE, BUT I CAN ONLY SEE THREE PEOPLE.

SO WE'LL START WITH SARAH.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

YOU MIGHT'VE COVERED THIS, THAT THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS YOU'RE EXPECTING TO HAVE ON THAT GROUP? WELL, WE HAVEN'T DECIDED ON A TOTAL NUMBER RIGHT NOW.

UM, WE HAVE SOME EXAMPLES OF OTHER GROUPS WHERE, UH, THE CLIMATE AMBASSADORS AMBASSADORS GROUP HAD, UM, I THINK, UH, BETWEEN 10 TO 15 FOLKS THAT WERE PARTICIPATING IN THAT.

AND WHAT'S THE, UM, THE EX I THINK THIS WASN'T THE LAST SLIDE, BUT THE EXPECTED DURATION, BECAUSE THIS PROBABLY GONNA START AFTER YOU DID APPLICATIONS AND EVERYTHING, IT SEEMED LIKE MAYBE THE FALL OF 2021.

AND THEN, UM, IS THAT, IS IT CAUSE I'M ASKING BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED A ONCE A MONTH MEETING, AND SO I'M WONDERING, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE TIME COMMITMENT IS THAT WE'RE ASKING OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD, WHO WOULD WANT TO PARTICIPATE.

THAT'S A GREAT POINT.

LET ME CLARIFY THAT.

WE'RE THINKING THAT POTENTIALLY ONCE A MONTH AT, AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS, WHILE WE'RE GETTING FOLKS UP TO SPEED IN ADVANCE OF THE KICKOFF TO THE, UH, 2023 PLAN UPDATE.

SO IF YOU FOLKS REMEMBER THIS TASK FORCE ACTUALLY MET ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR BEFORE WE ACTUALLY BEGAN IN EARNEST THE UPDATE TO, OR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WATERBOARD PLAN.

SO WE'RE ACTUALLY HOPING THAT WE CAN GET FOLKS ON BOARD DURING THE SUMMER OF 2021 AND MAYBE HAVE A FEW MONTHS, MONTHS OF MONTHLY MEETINGS, UH, TO BE ABLE TO GET FOLKS UP TO SPEED.

AND THEN WE'D SEE ABOUT MAYBE REDUCING THE FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS POTENTIALLY TO ALIGN WITH LIKE THE BIMONTHLY TASK FORCE MEETINGS AS WE CONTINUE.

AND WAS THERE A SECOND QUESTION IN THERE THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED? WELL, I WAS JUST SORT OF ASKING WHAT THE OVERALL TIME COMMITMENT, COMMITMENT WOULD BE OF A,

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UM, VOLUNTEER MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP.

YEAH, I'M THINKING IN THE INITIAL PROBABLY THREE MONTHS WOULD PROBABLY BE ABOUT, UM, TWO TO FOUR HOURS EVERY MONTH FOR THE FIRST FEW MONTHS.

AND THEN AFTER THAT MAYBE BIMONTHLY MEETINGS, UH, TWO HOURS A MONTH, UM, THAT'S BEING SAID THAT'S MEETING TIME AND THAT WOULDN'T INCLUDE TIME THAT FOLKS MAY BE SPENDING ON, YOU KNOW, UH, READING MATERIALS OR, UM, DOING OTHER, UM, WORK TO REACH OUT TO MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN COMMUNITY TO THEN BRING BACK THAT INPUT INTO THIS PLAN.

OKAY.

THANKS, SARAH, ARE YOU ASKING ABOUT, IS THERE, YOU KNOW, LIKE A YEAR COMMITMENT OR A TWO YEAR COMMITMENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, OR WAS IT MORE OF THE HOURS PER MONTH? UM, BOTH, YOU KNOW, JUST ROUGHLY WHEN ARE WE ASKING PEOPLE TO INVEST IN THIS? IT SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY ROBUST ADVISORY GROUP.

I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE CLIMATE AMBASSADORS PROGRAM THAT WAS PART OF THE ADOPTION OF THE, THE RECENT UPDATES TO THE CLIMATE PLAN.

AND I THINK IT WAS REALLY SUCCESSFUL.

I THINK IT WAS A LOT OF, A LOT OF WORK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

AND I'M JUST THINKING ABOUT OVERALL EXPENDITURE OF RESOURCES AND VOLUNTEERS.

SO IT WAS JUST, I WAS JUST CURIOUS AS I'M TALKING TO PEOPLE ALSO, SO I CAN, YOU KNOW, START THINKING ABOUT POTENTIAL CANDIDATES AND SHARING THAT INFORMATION.

COULD I ASK A QUESTION? ARE WE CONSIDERING PAYING THESE PEOPLE? CAUSE I KNOW THAT CAME UP AT ONE POINT RIGHT NOW WE'RE EXPLORING DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE MAY HAVE TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES OR COMPENSATION, BUT WE DON'T HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT AT THIS POINT.

CAUSE IF THE SALARY IS REALLY, REALLY HIGH, I WANT TO APPLY.

UM, SO HOW DO YOU SEE THE, UM, I THINK MORE INPUT IS GOOD AND LOTS OF PERSPECTIVES ON THE NEXT ROUND OF ONE OR FORWARD AND IMPLEMENTATION AND ALL OF THAT AS A, AS A POSITIVE.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE ROLES OF THE TASK FORCE AND THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP, UM, DIFFERING OR ARE THEY VERY SIMILAR? UM, I KNOW IT'S A LOT OF WORK TO ADMINISTER THIS GROUP AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AND STUFF.

SO ADDING A WHOLE OTHER GROUP ON, UM, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S THE PRIORITY OF AUSTIN WATER, WHICH I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING, THEN, THEN THAT'S FINE.

BUT I'M JUST KIND OF WONDERING HOW ALL OF THAT THE TASK FORCE AND THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP, IF IT'S REDUNDANT OR ADDITIVE, I THINK IT'S ADDITIVE.

I JUST DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT YET AND HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PLAN ON DOING IT.

AND I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO BE LEARNING MORE.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND START OFF.

AND THEN JINELLE, IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND ADD SOME CONTENT TO, UM, SO I BELIEVE THAT THE ROLES OF THE TASK FORCE AND THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP WOULD BE A DIFFERENT IN THAT THE TASK FORCE WOULD BE, UM, THE BODY THAT IS APPOINTED BY COUNCIL AND, UH, WOULD POTENTIALLY MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS BACK TO COUNCIL.

THIS COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP WOULD NOT BE MAKING A FORMAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL, NOT BEING A COUNCIL APPOINTED BODY.

HOWEVER, I THINK THAT THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP WOULD BE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO FEED INTO OUR OVERALL COMMUNITY, UM, INPUT THAT GOES IN INTO OUR, OUR PLANNING PROCESS AND THE DECISIONS THAT WE, UM, AS A, UH, AS A UTILITY AND AS A TASK FORCE ARE MAKING.

UM, AND I THINK THAT ADDITIVE A BENEFIT OF THIS GROUP IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GET MEANINGFUL INPUT FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN THESE PLANNING PROCESSES TO BE EXPLICIT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOLKS, UM, UH, BLACK, BROWN, INDIGENOUS FOLKS WHO HAVE, UM, PARTICIPATE WHO HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED IN THESE PROCESSES AS ROBUSTLY AS, UM, FOLKS OF, UH, YOU KNOW, WHO ARE, UH, WIDER, HIGHER INCOMES OR HIGHER EDUCATED.

UM, I THINK THE ADDITIVE BENEFIT INCLUDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD CAPACITY, UM, WITHIN THESE INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO MEANINGFULLY ENGAGE IN THIS PLANNING PROCESS RATHER THAN US JUST GOING OUT AND ASKING FOLKS, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WATER? WOULD IT BE ABLE TO, UM, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO LEARN ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND BE ABLE TO GIVE THEIR PERSPECTIVE BASED ON THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCE AND BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES, JUUL, DO YOU WANT TO ADD SOME IDEAS TO THAT?

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YEAH, I THINK, UH, I THINK YOU KIND OF HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, UM, WITH THE KIND OF SEPARATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL.

UM, BUT ALSO THE WAY THAT I SEE IT AS IN A LOT OF OUR, OUR SUB OUR SUB-TEAMS OR SOME OF THESE STRATEGIES, WE'RE HAVING A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS AND A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT LANGUAGE BARRIERS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WHEN IT COMES TO, UM, AT LEAST MY ITX WATER.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT LOCATIONS, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE'RE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT, LIKE, IS THIS AN ADDITIONAL PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE GOING TO CHANGE THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN A CERTAIN WAY? SHOULD WE HAVE CERTAIN SIGNAGE, YOU KNOW, HERE OR THERE? UM, SO I THINK SPECIFICALLY AROUND LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE DIGITAL DIVIDE, THERE ARE DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS THAT THEY'VE COME UP WITH.

I THINK DURING COVID, AS FAR AS LIKE SHARING INTERNET OR, UM, YOU KNOW, SHARING ONE TO PINPOINT AT SOME OF THOSE RESOURCES AND UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHERE WE FIT AND WHERE WE CAN COLLABORATE.

BUT TO, UM, AGAIN, JUST KIND OF THAT EXPLICIT PIECE ON EQUITY, WE REALIZE IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT REALLY GOING TO BE A TECHNICAL TEAM OF PEOPLE.

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A LOT OF EDUCATION ON SOME OF OUR STRATEGIES.

UM, BUT IT'S REALLY ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH.

THAT'S GREAT.

SO THAT'S SUPER HELPFUL.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU ALL TAKING SOME TIME TO PROVIDE SOME CONTEXT FOR THAT.

UM, AND, AND I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING IT AS YOU GET THE PROGRAM KIND OF FLESHED OUT SOME MORE.

UM, I THINK IT'S, IT CAN ONLY BE A POSITIVE AND AN ADDITIVE TO OUR, AS WE IMPLEMENT INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS AND AS WE COME UP WITH THE NEXT WATER FORWARD PLAN, UM, YEAH, SO I THINK IT'S, I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING.

SO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO KIND OF EXPLAIN THAT.

AND I LOVE WHAT MERISSA SAID ABOUT BUILDING CAPACITY FOR, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER COHORT OF PEOPLE, WHOEVER THEY MAY BE TO BE ABLE TO MEANINGFULLY ENGAGED AND, AND WATER ISSUES IN THE FUTURE, IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND EMPOWERING FOLKS WITH KNOWLEDGE TO DO THAT.

UM, I THINK THAT'S A REAL POSITIVE THING.

UM, I THINK WE'RE SUPER FORTUNATE LOOKING AROUND THE TASKFORCE TO HAVE SOME REALLY GREAT WATER EXPERTS WORKING ON THIS.

THIS IS A POSITIVE THING, AND IT'S A BENEFIT AND WE ALL ARE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMUNITY AS WELL.

UM, BUT I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, WE, WE SHOULD ALL BE WATER EXPERTS CAUSE WE ALL WATER IS ESSENTIAL TO ALL OF US.

SO, UM, AND I THINK THAT WE ALL HAVE EXPERTISE IN WATER, WHETHER OUR TITLE SAYS IT OR NOT.

SO I THINK IT'S A REALLY GREAT THING.

UM, ROBERT, WERE YOU GOING TO SAY SOMETHING, I JUST THOUGHT YOU AND YOUR SPACE BACKGROUND POP UP? YEAH, JUST, JUST ONE SAID, I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING AS WELL.

AND I THINK THERE HAS TO BE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO HEAR FROM UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES.

AND I THINK I'M THINKING, I HOPE THAT THIS WILL, UM, PROVIDE US THAT, THAT FEEDBACK AND JENNIFER.

YEAH.

GREAT.

SO IF THERE'S ANYTHING THE TASK FORCE COULD DO, UM, TO HELP YOU ALL ON THIS JOURNEY, UM, YOU KNOW, ABSOLUTELY.

UM, LET US KNOW.

AND I PRESUME THAT ONE OF THE REASONS THAT JENELLE WAS HIRED BESIDES SHE'S AWESOME IS THAT, UH, TO HELP WITH THIS KIND OF ENHANCED OUTREACH EFFORT.

AND I'M REALLY GLAD THAT THERE'S SOME NEW FOLKS COMING IN AND AUSTIN WATER, YOU KNOW, ADDING CAPACITY, CAUSE THIS IS DEFINITELY A BIG LIFT FOR Y'ALL THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

AND, UM, WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SECOND THAT WE'RE REALLY HAPPY THAT JANELLE'S ONBOARD AND GOING TO BE HELPING US TO SHEPHERD THIS GROUP AS WELL AS THE UPDATE TO OUR ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY.

GREAT.

I SEE VANESSA HAS JOINED US NOW WELCOME VANESSA FROM CHILD, UH, SHEPHERDING.

YES.

THANK YOU.

GOOD TO SEE EVERYBODY.

SORRY.

I WAS LATE TODAY.

WE, UH, WE'RE JUGGLING DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES.

SO, UM, JENNIFER, I KNOW I KIND OF JOINED LATE TO THIS CONVERSATION, BUT I WONDERED IF IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE TO SHARE WHAT SOME OF OUR ORGANIZATION'S THINKING WITH RESPECT TO A RESEARCH PROJECT.

UM, AND THAT WOULD BE LOOKING AT WATER AND EQUITY ISSUES AND CENTRAL TEXAS HILL COUNTRY.

UM, A LOT OF CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS LIKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, VF AND OTHERS, UM, HAVE RECEIVED SOME FUNDING DO, UM, TO WORK ON, YOU KNOW, THE WORK, THE WORK RELATED TO WATER THAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING IN THE HILL COUNTRY AND CENTRAL TEXAS, BUT ARE BEING URGED TO REALLY, UM, WHERE WE CAN AUTHENTICALLY FOCUS ON EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL

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JUSTICE ISSUES.

AND A LOT OF US FELT LIKE WE NEEDED TO HAVE MORE OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE LANDSCAPE OF ISSUES RELATED TO WATER EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

AND SO WE'RE JUST KIND OF BEGINNING AROUND, UH, WHAT THAT PROJECT AND THE SCOPE MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I'D WELCOME INPUT FROM, FROM, UM, FROM YOU GENERAL AND, AND OTHERS ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT LARGER MUNICIPALITIES ARE DOING WITH, BECAUSE IT'S CERTAINLY RELEVANT AND IT COULD HELP, YOU KNOW, US AS WE'RE FIGURING OUT OUR, OUR SCOPE.

YEAH.

THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

VANESSA DOES THE EFFORT THAT SEVERAL OF US ARE WORKING ON TOGETHER, VANESSA AND MYSELF, AND I DON'T KNOW, I THINK MEDICINE OR SOME OTHER PLACES, SO MANY OF US WORK TOGETHER ON OTHER ISSUES OUTSIDE OF THIS TASKFORCE AS WELL.

UM, WE SHOULD DEFINITELY CIRCLE BACK WITH JANE ELLEN MARIE CENTER WAS APPROPRIATE.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN, LET THEM KNOW KIND OF WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THAT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT OUR KIND OF TIMING IS.

I KNOW WE HAVE A SUPER TIGHT AGENDA TODAY.

WE MIGHT NEED TO KEEP MOVING.

YEAH, NOT TODAY.

I MEANT LIKE YOUR TIME WE SHOULD SET ASIDE A TIME.

THANKS FOR FLASHING THEM.

YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

UM, WE'LL REACH OUT ON THAT.

WE CAN GO AHEAD.

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AND I THINK IF WE'RE GOING